About Harbour Design

When I was nine year’s old, my parents purchased Evergreen Hills, at that time one of the oldest and largest pine-spruce tree plantations in Michigan. It was planted back in the 30’s. From my age of 10 to 17, my younger brother and I planted about 100,000 evergreens, back then, in furrows, which my father plowed with his little John Deere model L single plow tractor. They were mostly scotch pine, with a few blue and white spruce for Christmas trees and Red and Austrian pine for borders/windbreaks. They were to replace the existing plantation blue, white, and Norway spruce, the tops of which we were cutting for Christmas tree sales on the farm. My father also put in a small nursery to supplement plantings around the farm and sell retail.

At age 14, not being able to sleep, I got up in the middle of the night, and preceded to hand dig retaining wall areas and an area for a small pond with a waterfall, without permission. My parents then allowed me to put up stone walls, and build a small 5 x6ft. pond with a waterfall. They were still standing and working 34 years later when my parents passed away.

After college, my wife and I purchased a 180 acre farm near Marshall, Michigan. We started planting scotch pine and Norway spruce for Christmas trees and we named the land Tannenbaum Farms.

That coming winter Uncle Sam came calling me to help with the Viet Nam war. Upon returning three years later we continued planting Christmas trees while eventually retailing 5000 trees per year.

A few years after returning from Viet Nam, with a background of engineering as an Officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, and a degree in Science, I started with an architect friend the landscape firm, Albright-Mason Landscape and Site Development, Inc. Over a few years, we purchased three connecting parcels with homes on them, and built a garden center with offices above, The Shrub Shop.

Later while visiting and falling in love with New England, I moved and settled in Portsmouth and created Harbour Design, our landscape design and construction firm. After two years of missing the Holiday Spirit of Christmas, we sold Christmas trees from Washington and Oregon in Hong Kong and China on a pre-order retail basis for seven years. We planted Christmas trees in Vermont and recently purchased a small farm in Durham, NH. We cleared about 2 acres our first spring and planted red twig dogwood with irrigation and electric deer fencing to supplement the native red twig we have been providing to the holiday season market for the past twelve years.

The concept of Emergencee Seed evolved while watching our government and others fail to respond adequately to the natural events of hurricanes and earthquakes. After researching the US Department of Agriculture and the vegetable seed industry, I have come to the conclusion in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the availability of vegetable seed would be very short lived. There is the possibility that a large percentage of our population would be without the resources to purchase seed, seed would become very scarce and families would not be able to grow their own vegetables

Our government is no longer storing large stockpiles of food. Much of our national food stockpiles were sold during the Clinton administration. While the nature of the seed industry is to grow seed for the following growing year, the world seed banks is structured to preserve plants through the seeds’ DNA, not storing large volumes of seed for the home grower.

Emergencee Seed is an outline in an easy to read and understandable format of the steps to calculate the vegetable seed required for you to grow enough food for you and your family/friends for up to two years or more. In addition, we’ve included a description of the steps required to prepare the land, plant the seed, harvest, preserve the vegetables, as well as a list of all the tools and equipment needed to complete all these tasks.

“No man is born into the world, whose work is not born with him”.
                                    James Russell Lowell